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The North West Territories 

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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 10, 2008
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The farthest crag west at rumney this crag sees little attention due to its distant location (though it is only a 20 min walk for the motivated climber) and unfortunate majority of poor quality routes... There are however a few nice routes thrown in between and a crack gem up the hill. As of the latest guide book climbs here range from moderate (5.8) to hard (5.12). There has been some retro bolting happening out here perhaps to make routes more appealing to the masses but there is still something missing from what looks like a crag with great potential. Perhaps we should count our selves lucky that it is a distant crag that was picked for this ill fate.

Getting There 

Hike through the Blackjack Boulder and just keep going out the other end. The trail has gotten better over the years and should be easy enough to follow.

Climbing Season

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The North West Territories:
Approaching Armageddon    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
California Chrome   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
B-b-buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
Hard Times   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
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Leslie Smith on "Like Old Times," 5.8 <br />

Like Old Times 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NH : Rumney : The North West Territories
Layback and stem up the left-facing chimney/corner to a ledge. Chimney up to a steep crack that ends on the same ledge as Hard Times.Ed is going to clean this a bit more, but pretty good as-is and the easiest warm-up in the area. Likely to become popular. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Apr 27, 2014

just got a report of some pretty large rock fall happening here at the moment... be careful if you are out that way... If anyone can investigate safely to see if it has effected the climbs please report back...

By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Apr 27, 2014

The rockfall was over in the area of B-b-buttress and rumbled the trail side for almost 10 minutes.

By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Apr 28, 2014

Out of curiosity I hiked up here this morning and it looks like the reported rock fall was somebody trundling some rock to the left of B-b-buttress setting up a new route following a large flake and up a crack through the headwall above.

By M Sprague
From: New England
Apr 28, 2014

Yup, new route cleaning and removal of fallen trees.

Edit - That was the weekend before. I was not there this weekend, so am not aware of new activity. Natural or trundled? Was it actually anywhere near anybody, or just heard in the distance?

By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Apr 28, 2014

Yikes. I was on my way over to the trail when I got a text mentioning the fall (trundle) warning me to probably just avoid the area. We did. I'm glad we stopped for coffee on the way up or we could have been front and center. :X Sure it was overcast with drizzle off and on... but Sunday at 2pm is a tricky time to send shit down the hillside.

By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Mar 10, 2008

i did a really cool 10 b or c outthere once. had a grand old time. and that ledge out there is crazy

By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
May 8, 2009

If you're into slugs (like... REALLY into them), you should take a hike out here on a rainy day.

There are many bolted routes out here now. I wish I had a classic guide book... or knew what the dry, slug-filled route I got tossed off the other day was: Slightly technical start for the first bolt, working a hand/finger crack to gain the dihedral. After that it looks like it might be a fun face climb til anchors that were out of sight. Any ideas?

By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 30, 2011

im am not in to slugs (like... not at all) but i do like the route
jeff is referring to, Hard Times 5.11c...

By Max Dismukes
From: North Quincy, MA
Jun 12, 2014

I think I got on "The Angry Itch" here the other day. Is it four bolts long and with a very hard crux near the top involving micro crimps and/or a big sloper/arete? Really fun start and then got absolutely shut down at the top.